Groups like the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics provide training and standards for K-12 teachers of those subjects across the country. But the governing bodies appear to have given up celebrating their chosen fields, trading scholarship for one-note repetition of ideas about race.
The summer and fall conferences or workshops hosted by seemingly all of these groups are focused on “anti-racism,” according to a review of conference materials by the Locke Society, a conservative group focused on K-12 education.
For the second year in a row, the National Council of Teachers of English annual conference will focus primarily on race. Last year, it opened with a lecture on “Boys of Color on the Page and in the Classroom,” a note that was repeated in various permutations until the closing of the general session by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors.
This year the theme is still race, not English, with the official theme